The theme of my thesis is “The relationship between academic honesty awareness and plagiarism in Kazakhstani secondary schools”. Although the topic seems quite familiar, it is true, that most secondary schools still are not aware about the notion of Academic honesty and as a result, we do have many dishonest cases happening on different occasions. Actually, it was not easy for me to come to a topic, as my little knowledge on academic research standards and types prevent me from getting a right path from the beginning. My supervisor Aliya supported me in this. So now I know what I am going to research about.
I have made a literature list, that I think is good to start with, already read them but haven’t started combining them together. One of the main issues that I am struggling with is my work. The school has to work on weekends because of different social events happening, as an administrator I have to be present in all of them. This is a quite tiring process and it takes all my energy away, so it is impossible to try to do anything on thesis.
I do not have big issues with finding resources, although this is challenging to see anything new. Most of the literature goes back to 2000s, which I suppose is already quite old-fashioned.
Another challenge comes with actual writing process. One can state, that trying to link the ideas of different people and making a harmonious text is not an easy task. In this regard, it was quite helpful to revise APA styling.
I am still struggling with defining the right type of methodology. In order to prevent any possible slips, currently I am consulting Cresswell’s “Research methods”. I do hope it will help me to enrich my understanding and knowledge on research process.